Slovenia prepares to sue Croatia as border dispute escalates

bne IntelliNews February 25, 2018

Zagreb has refused to implement a 2017 border arbitration ruling, saying the process was corrupted by Slovenian officials.

Bulgarian energy minister resigns over links to buyer of CEZ assets

bne IntelliNews February 23, 2018

Bulgarian politicians question sale of Czech energy giant's Bulgarian assets to small family-owned Inercom whose owner is a close friend of Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova.

Opposition activist Alexei Navalny will spend Russia's presidential elections in jail

Ben Aris in Berlin February 23, 2018

Navalny and his chief of staff have been detained for 30 days, taking them out of circulation for the March 18 presidential elections.

Romania’s justice minister launches procedures to replace anti-corruption chief

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest February 23, 2018

The ruling coalition's risky attempt to remove Laura Kovesi from the helm of the DNA will inevitably spark more anti-corruption protests in Romania.

Iran warns it may exit nuclear deal if Trump continues to scare off investors

bne IntelliNews February 22, 2018

In London speech, Iranian deputy foreign minister asks why Iran would stay in the deal when “there is no benefit for us”.

Babis aims for Czech administration with Communist ‘tolerance’

bne IntelliNews February 22, 2018

Populist billionaire encouraged by first talks with Social Democrats but issue of whether he can be PM with fraud charges hanging over him is yet to be addressed.

Belarus raises $600mn via Eurobond placement with 6.2% coupon

bne IntelliNews February 22, 2018

Belarus tapped the international debt market on February 21 for the first time this year with a new $600mn Eurobond

Russia, Ukraine still ranked as the most corrupt in Europe by Transparency International

bne IntelliNews February 22, 2018

There were some very public arrests and jailings in Russia in 2017, but they had little impact on the TI Corruption Perception index ranking. Ukraine has also failed to make real progress.

One dead in grenade attack on US embassy in Montenegro

bne IntelliNews February 22, 2018

An unknown man threw a grenade at the US embassy in Podgorica, the capital of Nato's newest member state, then blew himself up with a second device.

Western Balkans countries slump on Corruption Perceptions Index

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2018

Macedonia in freefall as setbacks across the region are bad news for hopes of accelerated progress towards EU accession.

Trading in Agrokor Group companies suspended

bne IntelliNews February 21, 2018

Zagreb Stock Exchange suspended trading of all listed Agrokor Group companies after the emergency manager of the debt-stricken food and retail giant resigned.

Armenia’s likely next president has a credibility problem

Carmen Valache in Berlin February 21, 2018

Backed by the ruling Republicans, Armen Sarkissian leads Armenia's presidential race but questions about the mysterious end of his brief stint as prime minister and when exactly he renounced his British citizenship are undermining his credibility.

Latvia's ABLV receives emergency central bank loan and suspends withdrawals

bne IntelliNews February 20, 2018

In another blow to Latvia's financial system, central bank governor Ilmars Rimsevics is accused of soliciting bribes.